The holy month of Muharram
Next Thursday 21st September 2017, the holy month of Muharram is expected to begin and therefore the New Year in the Islamic calendar, the Hijiri year 1439. It’s a very important month in which you can have big openings and all the luminous decisions taken in this period will be successful, God willing.
It’s important to fast during this month, if possible on the last day of the previous month Dhul Hijjah, on the 1st of Muharram, then 10th which corresponds to Ashura * (see below), and even better 8th, 9th, 10th or 9th, 10th and 11th. If you fast only two days you will receive the reward equivalent to one year of fasting. The important thing is not to let the month of Muharram without having fasted at least one day. The 14th of Muharram we celebrate the birth of our founder Shah Bahauddin Naqshband, may Allah sanctify his secret.
Sadaqa: The Prophet, saws, said, “charity fends off misfortune and extends life.”
To donate any amount in these holy days or at any time for any reason is very advisable.
Daily practice for the month of Muharram:
40 x Salatut Tunjina ** (see below)
100 x Rabbun Hasbun Allah Allah
100 x Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim
100 or 1000 x Ikhlas
100-1000 x Salawat
It’s also important to focus in particular on the daily prayers.
Prayer on Ashura day, to be performed between Zuhur and Asr:
4 rakaat and in each one recite:
1 Surat ul Fatiha
11 Suratuk Ikhlas ( or 50)
*Practice on the Day of Ashura:
1000 Laa ilaha illallah
1000 Suratul Ikhlas
The 10th of Muharram, Ashura, is a very important date. What happens on this day will show us what will happen to each of us in the coming year. So that time it is good to do something in the right direction.
The importance of the day of `Ashura, the tenth of Muharram, that the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) has mentioned.
When he reached al-Madinat al-munawwara – at that time it was called Yathrib or Taiyyaba – and entered, and established his place he found the Jews fasting the tenth of Muharram. And he asked, “Why are they fasting on that day?” They said, “Because on that day Allah saved Musa from Pharoah.” And the Prophet (s) fasted that day and ordered the Muslims to fast that day.And Muslim narrated in one of the hadith of `Ashura, “`an abi qatadata an rasulullahi saama yawma `Ashura… kaffaaratan lis saanat almaadiya.” Abu Qatada (r.a.) reports that the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said that whoever fasts that day, will be forgiven all the sins of the previous year.Imam Abu Hanifa said, Kaana waajiban fee awwali dhuhur al-Islam – “that day was an obligatory fast in the beginning of Islam.” Imam Shafi`i said, “It is a Sunnah to fast it but not obligatory.” Imam Abu Hanifa says that it was an obligation to fast this day in the first decade of Islam.But it is important to remember that Allah will waive one year’s sins you have committed. This is a mercy that Allah sent to us, by means of wa ma arsalnaaka illa rahmatan lil-`alameen – We sent thee not, but as a Mercy for all creatures. [21:107] By following what the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) did, they are forgiven their sins.Ibn `abbas (r) the greatest mufassir of Qur’an, said that the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) fasted the day of `Ashura [because of its importance] and he ordered the people to fast it. [Bukhari and Muslim] He ordered the Sahaba to fast that day. That is its importance – to waive one year’s sins.
Abi Sa`eed al-Khudri (r.a.) related that the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said, “Whoever fasts the day of `Arafah Allah will waive the preceding year’s sins and the following year’s sins.”That is more than `Ashura. That means he will be waived the sins of the future, meaning he will be protected from sinning. And whoever fasts `Ashura, Allah will forgive the preceding year’s sins.On that day, Allah gave honor to many prophets, upon whom be peace. Allah has chosen Adam (a.s.) to be father to human beings on that day. He raised Idris (a.s.) to heaven on that day. He saved Sayyidina Nuh (a.s.) with people in his ship on that day. He saved Sayyidina Ibrahim (a.s.) on that day. He forgave Sayyidina Dawud (a.s.) on that day. He returned Sulayman’s (a.s.) kingdom to him on that day. He relieved Ayyub (a.s.) [of his afflictions] on that day. He raised Sayyidina `Isa (a.s.) [to heaven] on that day. And on that day your messenger, the Seal of messengers whom Allah has chosen, on that day, Allah made Sayyidina Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) to marry Sayyidata Khadijah (r.a.) and He made him to migrate to Madinah on that day. And He created heavens and earth on that day and He created the Pen (al-Qalam) on that day. And that was a Friday – not a Saturday or Sunday.That is a very important day in Islamic calendar. It is mentioned in many Islamic traditions that `Ashura means the one who respects and honors that day on which Allah saved all anbiya from the abuse of their communities Allah will lift to a lightened life. It means `asha nura – to live a ‘lightened day.’ They took the nun out to connect the two words.Al-Hamadani – one of the greatest muhaddiths – related that when Allah ordered Nuh (a.s.) to build his ship, he built it from 124,000 planks. And we know in Islamic tradition in the tafsir of Ibn `Abbas regarding Surat al-`Araf, that Allah sent 124,000 prophets, and among them were 313 messengers. When Sayyidina Nuh (Noah) (a.s.) began to put each plank in place, the names of the prophets appeared on them. When he reached one before the last plank, number 123,999 the name of Sayyidina Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) appeared on plank 124,000. Then Nuh (a.s.) knew that he was the last Prophet (s.a.w.s.). He then needed four more planks to complete the ship. As soon as he put these, the names of the four rightly-guided caliphs appeared on those planks. Allah said to him, “For the sake of Muhammad I am saving the ship. “Thus Sayyidina al-Hamadani said, “For Allahs’ love of them, He put their names on that ship.” Whoever loves the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) and his companions, Allah will love them. May Allah give us the baraka to fast on `Ashura. I would like to bring to your attention the verse: Ati`ullah wa ati`ur-rasul, wa ulil amri minkum.- Obey Allah, obey the Prophet and those in authority among you.[4:159]The Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said, “In Last Days chunks of darkness will come on my Ummah. At that time the one sitting is better than the one who is walking and the one who is walking is better than the one who is riding…”If you have a problem sit at home. If we involve ourselves we will harm ourselves. Sit by yourself, read Qur’an and hadith and go to your work. Don’t involve yourself in anything these days – it is not advisable. May Allah protect all who protect people from miseries and disasters.
From: Friday Sermon, March 3, 2001, Sheikh Hisham Kabbani
- Narrated from Ibn al-‘Abbas r.a. that the Prophet (s.a.w.s.)
said, “Whoever fasts the last day of Dhul Hijjah and the first day of Muharram, he completes a whole year’s worth of fasting in that previous year, and Allah gives him penance for fifty  years.”
2. Narrated from Anas (r.a.) that the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said, “Whoever fasts the first Friday of Muharram Allah will forgive his preceding sins, and whoever fasts three days of Muharram – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Allah will write for him worship and prayers for nine hundred  years.”
3. Narrated from ‘A`ishah Umm al-Mu’minin r.a. that the Prophet (s.a.w.s.). said, “Whoever fasts the first ten days up till ‘Ashura, he will inherit the Paradise al-Firdaus.”
4. Fasting of ‘Ashura is Sunnah Mu`akkadah, that which is highly desired. When the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) saw the Jews of Madinah fasting on that day, he asked them for what it was. They told him it was the day Musa a.s. led the Bani Isra`il from Pharaoh. The Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said, “I have more rights with Musa than you Jews.” So he fasted that day and ordered for its observance. This was part of a longer narration from ‘A`ishah (r.a.)
5. The Prophet (s.a.w.s.)nsaid, “Whoever fasts the ‘Ashura (10th Muharram), Allah will write for him a thousand wishes and a thousand years of age, and will grant him the reward of a thousand martyrs, and will write for him the reward of Isma`il (a.s.), and writes for him seventy palaces in paradise, and makes his flesh forbidden from the hellfire.”
6. In another Hadith the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said, “Whoever fasts the ‘Ashura, he will be granted the reward of a thousand angels. And whoever recites “Qul Huwa Allahu Ahad” a thousand times on the day of ‘Ashura, Allah will glance at him with the Eyes of Mercy, and will write him from amongst the Siddiqqin [The Truthful].”
7. In another Hadith the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said, “Distinguish yourselves from the Jews by fasting either the day before ‘Ashura or the day after it as well.”
8. Whoever prays in ‘Ashura four sunnah rak’at on the day of ‘Ashura, where after the Fatihah in each rak’ah recites “Qul Huwa Allahu Ahad” eleven times, Allah will forgive his sins of fifty years, and will build for him a pulpit from light. And whoever takes the sunnah shower on ‘Ashura he will not suffer sickness in that year except the illness of death, and whoever wears the Kuhl on his eyes on ‘Ashura he will not suffer sickness on that year.
9. Du’a of ‘Ashura: Recite “Hasbun Allahu wa ni’mal wakil, ni’mal Maula wa ni’man Nasir” [70 x], and recite: “Hasbun Allahu mil-al Mizan wa muntaha-l ‘ilma, wa mablaghal rida, wa zinatul ‘arsh, la malja-a wa la manja min Allahi illa ilaihi. Subhan Allahi ‘adada-sh- shaf`i wal ‘arshi, wa ‘adada kalimati Rabbina-t taamma! ti kulliha. As-aluka-s Salamata bi Rahmatika Ya Arham Ar-Rahimin, wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa billahil ‘Aliyyil ‘Azhim. Wa huwa hasbii wa ni’mal wakil, ni’mal Mawla wa ni’man Nasir. Wa Sallallahu ‘ala Sayyidina Muhammadin wa ‘ala alihi wa sahbihi ajma’in.” [7 x].
10. About an hour before the Adhan for Maghrib towards ‘Ashura, sit facing the Qiblah and finish the daily Adab of Tariqah. And then make Tawassul with Sayyidina al-Husayn and the martyrs of Karbala, where on that day they died Shahid with Sayyidina al-Husayn and those who were with him, may Allah’s favours be upon them. After breaking your fast dedicate the blessings and rewards of your fast and daily Awrad upon the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) for the oceans secrets that lie open on the 14th of Muharram.
11. Muharram is also a month of great importance to Naqshbandi. Our Master and Imam of the Tariqah Shah Naqshband (q.s.) was born on the 14th of this month. It is thus important and most desired that the Ahl of the Tariqah congregate on the eve of this holy day for Khatm and Dhikr, and read the Mawlid al-Nabi (s.a.w.s.) in dedication to Mawlana Shah Naqshband, and also reading excerpts from his saintly life.
12. It is a tradition and practice of Mawlana Sultan al-Awliya’ Shaykh ‘Abdullah al-Daghistani q.s. to make Qurban of two sheep on the day of ‘Ashura and distribute the meat to the poor and needy to the members of the Tariqah. He also did this on the birthday of Shah Naqshband q.s.
From: Al-Futuhat al-Haqqaniyyah by Shaykh ‘Adnan Kabbani
** Salatut Tunjina (Munajiyyah)
Allāhumma šalli ‘alā Saydina Muħammadin
šalātan tunjīnā bihā min jamī’i ’l-ahwāli wa ’l-āfāt,
wa taqdī lanā bihā jamī’i ’l-ħājāt,
wa tuţahhirunā bihā min jamī’i ’s-sayyi’āt,
wa tarfa’unā bihā ‘indaka ‘alā ’d-darajāt,
wa tuballighunā bihā aqšā ’l-ghāyāt min jamī’i ’l-khayrāti
fi ’l-ħayāt wa ba’d al-mamāt
(innaka ‘ala kulli shayin qadir).
Oh, our Lord, grant your blessings to our Master Muhammad and the family of our Master Muhammad,
Blessings with which we may be saved from all adverse conditions and misfortunes,
With which all our needs may be fulfilled,
With which we may be cleansed from all sins,
With which may be raised to high spiritual ranks,
And with which we may attain the best of all kinds of goodness in this life and in the hereafter.